Local News

  • Loretto health fair is May 7

    The Sisters of Loretto are hosting a free health fair May 7, and anyone in the area is welcome to attend.
    The health fair will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. May 7 at the City of Loretto Community Center, 72 School House Drive in Loretto. In previous years the Sisters of Loretto have held health fairs at the Motherhouse, but they decided to use this as an outreach opportunity this year.

  • Sheriff’s Office will be closed May 7

    The Marion County Sheriff’s Office will be closed Tuesday, May 7, so that the sheriff’s office staff can attend the Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial Service in Richmond honoring deceased Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy Anthony Rakes.
    Rakes was killed in the line of duty Nov. 14, 2012.
    The Kentucky State Police have agreed to respond to calls for service in Marion County that day. The dispatch number for the state police is (800) 222-5555 or 911 in case of an emergency.

  • Seven of eight emergency sirens ‘confirmed’ working during test

    Marion County Emergency Management Director Hayden Johnson said a March 26 test of the county’s emergency sirens showed that all the sirens were working, but he did offer one word of caution.
    “The only one we didn’t get confirmation from someone in the community was St. Charles,” Johnson said.

  • Kentucky Classic Arts presents Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Kids

    Marion County will be showcasing more local talent and fostering a culture for theatre and the arts with the youth through Kentucky Classic Arts’ Spring Theatre Workshop and presentation of Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Kids. Thirty-two students between the ages of five and 15 have been working on this production since late February. Under the professional guidance of a team of theatrical talent from around the area, students have learned how to become a character, how to move on stage and how to become more confident in front of a crowd.

  • New leadership takes over Gravel Switch Fire Department

    The Gravel Switch Fire Department has gone through a change in leadership.
    Kevin Rogers has been appointed as the new Gravel Switch fire chief, and Jamie Garrett is the new assistant chief.
    They replace former chief Larry Vaughn and his assistant chief Vincent Tungate.
    Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly said Vaughn came to him a few weeks ago and asked about stepping down and naming Rogers as the new chief. About a week later, Rogers told Mattingly that he wanted to name Garrett as his assistant chief.

  • Gravel Switch man indicted on sex abuse charges

    Jacob A. Hourigan, 33, of 2775 Beech Fork Road in Gravel Switch was indicted for six counts of first-degree sexual abuse (child under 12 years old) and one count of second-degree persistent felony offender in Marion Circuit Court recently.
    According to the indictment, between Nov. 1, 2012, and Feb. 14, 2013, Hourigan subjected another person to sexual contact who is incapable of consent because he or she is less than 12 years old. The indictment also reads that he is over 21 and has been convicted of at least one felony after his 18th birthday.

  • Keeping the bourbon flowing

    By Scott Wartman

    The Kentucky Enquirer

    The growing popularity of bourbon has sparked big dreams along the Ohio River and among the state’s leaders in Frankfort.

  • Beshear signs bill approving tax break for farmer donation to food banks


  • Patriot Pride

    Lebanon Middle School was recently named one of the 2013 Kentucky Schools to Watch. There are currently only 13 schools statewide and 400 schools nationally that have achieved this honor. It puts LMS in an elite group of schools that have proven to be “academically excellent.”
    The Schools to Watch program is part of an initiative developed and guided by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform.

  • Neighborhood watch program up and running

    The Lebanon Police want your help, so they can help you. Part of that effort has been the formation of a local neighborhood watch program.
    “It’s getting people in the community involved,” said Sgt. Donald Jewell, who is the neighborhood watch coordinator for the police department.
    Jewell said the groundwork for the program started under former Lebanon Police Chief Joe Bell, and the first neighborhood watch group was formed about a year and a half ago.